Wow – two months of my year of health are already over. I’m a bit disappointed I only lost one pound this month. Or to be more accurate, I lost the same two pounds several times, varying between 138 and 136 and ending today at 137. However, my waist measurement has gone down 1/4 inch. I hope this means I’m making some muscle (not sure where – I don’t see any - I think I'm just standing up straighter).
(Please don't think I wear these shirts in public... much too tight, but good for assessing my figure.)
What is going well?
- I’ve maintained my improvement in sleep. In February there was only one night where I was awake, tossing and turning and wishing I could get to sleep. I was going somewhere early the next day, and sometimes just knowing that interferes with my sleep.
- I’ve maintained my good digestion – not a single instance of feeling overstuffed.
- I have made good choices when eating out.
- I enjoyed swimming twice a week all month. This means leaving the house by 8 AM, so I’m proud of that, too.
- I have cooked and enjoyed several recipes from my healthy cookbooks and from blogs I read.
What still needs work?
- I’m still drinking wine, although overall less than last month.
- I think the portions I’m eating are too big. Sometimes when I look at a photo of my plate I think “Wow, that’s a lot!” I often don’t eat it all, and save some for the next day’s lunch, but it shouldn’t go on my plate in the first place.
- I’ve had a little trouble with my right hip. It had seemed better for a while, but now feels weak and hurts going up the stairs. Stan asked the annoying question, “Well, are you doing your physical therapy exercises?” No. I also think losing weight would help.
- I’ve had a stiff neck, possibly caused by swimming, since I hold my head up out of the water. I also have to be careful of my neck when doing the weight machines, as it’s easy to strain it when working my arms and shoulders. I finally took one Aleve, which helped a lot. (That was the only pain medication I took this month.)
Goals for March:
- Quit drinking wine
- Do physical therapy exercises 4 times per week
- Keep up the good eating